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ltdchef Oct 15, 2009 01:14 PM

Should probably add this to the 2009 closings thread... but Sushiman at Victoria and Richmond is closing at the end of the month.

Guess I'll have to find a new place for my downtown sushi fix...

20 Richmond E, Toronto, ON M5C1M5, CA

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  1. mrsleny RE: ltdchef Oct 15, 2009 04:25 PM

    This is sad to hear. It was one of the first Japanese restaurants I tried over 20 years ago.

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      Yum2MyTum RE: ltdchef Oct 16, 2009 11:01 AM

      There are comparable offerings at Ninki Sushi, at 12 Adelaide Street West.

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        ltdchef RE: Yum2MyTum Oct 16, 2009 11:50 AM

        Thanks! I've been going to Sushiman so long, I haven't really been anywhere else downtown, unless it's on the company dime...

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          Gary RE: Yum2MyTum Oct 16, 2009 04:07 PM

          Hmm, never tried Sushiman but gave up on Ninki a year or so ago after a few not-so-good experiences. Hard to find decent inexpensive sushi in the downtown core lately. There was a place on Front East near George called Akira Sushi that was not bad, but they just abruptly closed and renamed themselves "John's Sushi Bistro". Haven't re-opened yet, but I'm slightly apprehensive about the change.

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            always_eating RE: Gary Oct 16, 2009 07:13 PM

            Wow, I didn't even realize that they closed! Not really feeling the "new" name. I went once to Akira and it was okay, but totally empty.

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              ykookie RE: Gary Nov 2, 2009 09:04 AM

              I tried out "John's Sushi Bistro". It was actually pretty good :)
              People should give it a try~!!!

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                LCMB RE: ykookie Nov 2, 2009 11:45 AM

                Had take out from John's Sushi Bistro on Friday night. Very good, found it to be fresh and generous portions. Will go again!

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            Nick71 RE: ltdchef Oct 18, 2009 05:30 PM

            Where did you hear about Sushiman closing down? I love their Katsudon.

            20 Richmond E, Toronto, ON M5C1M5, CA

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              ltdchef RE: Nick71 Oct 19, 2009 07:28 AM

              From the Sushiman himself, Sid Tani.

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                EDISONW RE: ltdchef Oct 19, 2009 05:52 PM

                I was there for lunch today. Some lady came in and wish the chef all the best. Then I realized he is closing at the end of this month. It is sadddddddd. I ate there since university. The food was always good and fresh. So sad to see him go.

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              jevonm RE: ltdchef Oct 20, 2009 05:42 PM

              This place might have been nice for people who have fond memories of it, but having moved to the area 3 years ago, and being a sushi-as-staple eater, I tried this place so many times but was always put out.

              The service was horrendus, the attitude awful and the prices were for the wrong league.

              Good riddance. Let someone who actually wants to be in the Sushi business take over the space.

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                TeRReT RE: jevonm Oct 20, 2009 08:33 PM

                i've heard rumours of the place taking its place and it definitely isn't sushi but will certainly be interesting to see, looking forward to it

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                  TeRReT RE: TeRReT Oct 21, 2009 09:11 PM

                  I walked by tonight and the sign on the door says the last dinner will be served oct 31st. It says the reason they are closing is because of the expiration of a lease, i guess the people moving in after offered more money or whatever. It further states they are looking for a new location and will keep us updated, but that they are moving, not closing.

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                    ltdchef RE: TeRReT Oct 22, 2009 07:12 AM

                    Interesting. When I spoke with Sid a couple of weeks ago, he had no plans for moving - he wanted his son to work with another chef to get experience.

                    Going by next week, I'll see what he says...

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                      1sweetpea RE: ltdchef Oct 22, 2009 11:21 AM

                      I went to Sushiman one time only. It was about 10 years ago and I went right when it opened for lunch. Apparently, my etiquette was insulting to the chef's delicate sensibilities, because he openly criticized my overuse of pickled ginger and wasabi. He flat out told me I was not eating his sushi correctly. I was already somewhat self-conscious as I was dining alone. Hindsight being 20/20, I'd have some choice words for him today, but back then, I was a lot more shy. I can say this: he completely singled me out and embarrassed me. I was eating lowly salmon and tuna maki for Pete's sake, not a $100 omakase meal! The last time I checked, as a paying customer, how I eat my food was my own business. Needless to say, I never set foot in there again. The fish quality and shari were merely average, at best. I have no tolerance for know-it-all chefs serving mediocre food. Knock my socks off with your quality and I'll eat it any way you say. Serve me average fare and I'll do whatever I have to to make my experience a satisfying one. I love raw fish. I love pickled ginger. I loooove wasabi and if I want to create a ginger and wasabi maki with fish, so be it. I hope the next tenant has a more customer-friendly approach.

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